Sibal to push for pending bills

Written by fe Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: May 30 2009, 06:16am hrs
In his first briefing with the press after taking charge as minister of human resource development, Kapil Sibal said the ministry would address two of the biggest national challenges in education that are to provide quality education to all and access, especially those in need.

Sibal said the pending right to education bill and the foreign educational institutions bill would be taken forward by the ministry. In reference to the National Knowledge Commission (NKC), Sibal acknowledged the importance of creating a knowledge economy and investing in skill development but cautioned that every recommendation of the NKC will not be embraced and that their recommendations will be adopted wherever a need arises.

The minister said change would be initiated within the IITs and IIMs which will be necessary so that they do not remain static and are able to compete at an international level. Sibal stressed upon few common issues needing attention. The concern over fees would be addressed by financially helping those in need. Further he referred to the teething problems of OBC quotas, teacher paucity how teaching the teacher is important as well as the need for curriculum change at the university and school level to enable more graduates to find jobs in a changing economy. He admitted that private educational institutions, both aided and unaided as well as government institutes have their unique problems.